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Until Dec 22, 1942, this is how Americans saluted the flag. It was amended to the hand over heart method. We can imagine why...

Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy Salute so named after Francis Bellamy who wrote the pledge of allegiance in 1892. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart.

Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990.

Czech citizens having to greet invading German troops, October 1938. A picture says a 1000 words

U.S. Marshals escorting the brave Ruby Bridges. One of the first African Americans to attend a white school.

British soldiers liberated from a Japanese POW camp in Sumatra sit on the steps of an Allied ambulance reading about and discussing the American atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. Singapore. August 1945.

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American female member of Congress, then first African American candidate for President.

Before 1942, American children pledged allegiance to the flag with the Bellamy salute. Worried that it might be confused with the Nazi's Roman salute, Congress changed the salute to simply placing a hand over the heart. - (This so surprised me.)

Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Commander of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1939-1943. The plane carrying him was shot down by the Americans in 1943.

Rosalind Franklin is the woman who did the majority of the work in discovering the structure of DNA (double helix), but the credit generally goes to James Watson and Francis Crick.

William Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840 – December 8, 1908) Sergeant William Harvey Carney was the first African American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Carney rescued the U.S. flag as the flag bearer fell, carrying the flag to the enemy ramparts and back, and saying "Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!" While other African-Americans had since been granted the award, Carney's is the earliest action for which the Medal of Honor was awarded to an African-American...

"American soldiers discover Manet’s 'In the Conservatory' that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945."

This series, from title to theme to execution, seemed incredible closed-minded to me. Come on, History Channel. Show me "The Women Who Were Innovators but Confined to the Home" or "The Races Who We Give No Credit To"

The original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Wake: French Maquis, SOE operative, and all around Gestapo bane (once killed an SS officer with her bare hands), she was the most decorated Allied woman of WWII.

I have seen this picture my whole life. . .but, this is the first day I have ever seen the entire picture. . . did you know she was nursing a baby? It makes this picture of the Depression Era so much more real.